Uniform released a powerful and harrowing video for "The Killing Of America," the NYC duo's second single off Wake In Fright, out yesterday on Sacred Bones. Its timing could not be more poignant—the video, which gives a hauntingly straight-forward look at the realities of gun violence, arrives on the day of President Trump's inauguration and casts yet another eerie shadow on the nation.
The video's concept was influenced by Isao Hashimoto's piece on nuclear weapons titled "1945 - 1998"— a simple map of the United States with a relentless ticker that counts off the never ending series of mass shootings the country has experienced. "Our video intends to present basic figures surrounding a complicated subject," says Uniform in a press release. "We do not wish to moralize and we offer no answers. Instead, we ask the viewer to use this data as an aid towards formulating their own conclusions."
Set to release their eleventh studio album FORGET on February 25 on Polyvinyl, art-pop masters Xiu Xiu debuted the video for their latest single "Jenny GoGo." The animated video is equally adsurd and foreboding as crude animations dance across a television static background for an eerie viewing that nudges you just out of your comfort zone. Lyrically dark yet cheeky verses like, “Too dead to be this dumb/ Too dead to be this young” steadily grow from whispers over drone-like synths until they explode into pulsing shrieks for a visceral throwback to coldwave.
After practically touring non-stop for two years, New York duo Diet Cig finally announced their highly-anticipated debut album, Swear I'm Good At This, due April 7 on Frenchkiss Records. Following up 2015's Over Easy EP, Alex Luciano and Noah Bowman return with more earnest and unapologetic punk when we need it most. The first single "Tummy Ache" is unstoppable, utilizing Luciano's soft yet commanding vocals for a track that you can't help but sing along to. "Trying to find my voice," she reveals. "Surrounded by all boys." She doesn't need to yell—it's her vulnerability that speaks volumes.
The band will take their high-energy act across North America this spring, playing a handful of pre-release dates including at set at this year's Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco on February 22 and shows during SXSW before kicking off their tour on April 5. Diet Cig will head to NYC early in their cross-country trek, hitting up Baby's All Right for two back-to-back shows on April 7.
NYC-based industrial noise duo Uniform is following up their 2015 debut LP Perfect World later this month with the release of Wake In Fright via Sacred Bones. Lyricist and vocalist Michael Berdan and multi-instrumentalist Ben Greenberg give a taste of what's to come with "The Killing of America," the latest menancing and blazing single from their sophomore album.
Uniform will embark on a west coast tour this February but not before kicking off the month with their record release show at Brooklyn Bazaar on February 9 with Black Marble. The two will then fly to Seattle for a performance at Barboza on February 16 and make their way down the coastline and to the southwest for their closing show at Phoenix's Lunchbox on February 25.
Listen to "The Killing of America" below and catch Wake In Fright in full on January 20 on Sacred Bones.
This past fall, Caila Thompson-Hannant, the brains behind Montreal-based Mozart's Sister, teased two tracks off her upcoming LP, Field of Love. Both “Eternally Girl” and “Angel” feature her beguiling vocals as well as a gorgeous labyrinth of synths, making for a achingly stunning pop production. Thompson-Hannant will debut her material a day early as she kicks off her tour in New York on February 16 for a performance at Silent Barn with Teen Daze. After that she’ll, head back up to Canada for before hitting up Los Angeles on her way to SXSW.
Listen to “Angel” below. Field of Love will be released February 17 via Arbutus Records.
Kevin Abstract is gearing up for 2017 with the announcement of his upcoming Death of a Supermodel Tour in support of the recently released American Boyfriend: A Suburban Love Story. Running from February 22 through March 25, Kevin will to perform across fifteen North American cities, making his way to New York toward the tail-end of his month-long journey for a March 10 performance at The Studio at Webster Hall.
The tour announcement dropped one week after the rapper threw a free "prom" for his fans, performing for a packed house alongside The Neighbourhood and Jaden Smith. Relive prom night below and find tickets to the Death of a Supermodel Tour here.
Post-hardcore rockers Pissed Jeans announced tour dates in support of their forthcoming fifth LP Why Love Now. The Philadelphia foursome will do a brief run of the east coast in support of the record and will make their way to Brooklyn on February 24 for a performance at Brooklyn Bazaar. The five-show tour will additionally take Pissed Jeans to Washington D.C., Somerville, MA, before wrapping back at their Philly homebase on March 11, with more cities to be announced at a later date.
Listen to Pissed Jeans' growling single "The Bar Is Low" below. Why Love Now is out February 24 on Sub Pop.
Ahead of their highly anticipated sophomore releaseNightmare Logic, Power Trip released their latest single "Firing Squad," a heavy and relentless track pulsing with the energy we've come to expect from the Dallas-based metal band. They'll be hitting the road in support of Nightmare Logic at the start of the new year through early April and will be performing at Webster Hall's Marlin Room on March 3. Power Trip will be joined by Iron Reagan for a string of shows down the east coast and midwest.
Listen to "Firing Squad" below and catch Nightmare Logic via Southern Lord on February 24.
Brooklyn-based duo Eaters are following up their self-titled debut this April on Dull Tools, but in the meantime they’ve focused their efforts on their ambient record, Prisms. Full of minimalist tones, Prisms oscillates between hopeful and buoyant swells to eerie and confounding synths. The transportive soundtrack was created to accompany "Eyes Have Brightened,” an installation of sound and light sculptures at Knockdown Center in Queens. The New York premiere of the immersive installation “Moment of Inertia” will be part of Knock! Knock! Down! Down!, and upcoming multimedia event curated by Parquet Courts on December 10, with additional gallery hours through the following week. You can catch “Moment of Inertia” on Sunday December 11, Saturday December 17, and Sunday December 18 at 2, 4, and 6 PM.
Stream Prisms below. More info on their installation can be found on their Facebook event here.
Detroit-based rocker Stef Chura dropped the delightfully destructive video for “Spotted Gold,” the latest track off her forthcoming debut album Messes. While Chura bellows about the growing rifts of an unsalvageable friendship, bandmates Cy Tulip and Ryan Clancy—along with a handful of electronics and household appliances—face a constant and humorous mortal peril.
Messes drops on January 27 on Urinal Cake Records and along with the release, Chura is slated to support Priests with a handful of shows in February. Before officially kicking off her winter tour, she’ll drop by New York for a performance at Shea Stadium with Grooms on December 15.